House Republicans request all documents previously turned over to Jan. 6 Committee

Many of the documents used in the investigation were not properly archived and handed over when Republicans took power in 2023, the House subcommittee says.

Published: June 19, 2024 1:36pm

Updated: June 19, 2024 2:03pm

House Chairman Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., sent requests to 15 federal agencies Wednesday asking for all documents that were previously turned over to the Jan. 6 Select Committee after that Democrat-led committee failed to hand over a majority of those files to the new Republican majority after the 2022 election. 

Loudermilk's House Administration Committee Subcommittee on Oversight has been investigating the response to Jan. 6 by various federal agencies and the Capitol Police as well as the investigation of the Democrat-run Jan. 6 committee and its final report. 

"The Select Committee on January 6, under Chair Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, obtained numerous productions of records from federal agencies and the DC government during its investigation. However, only a fraction of these records were properly archived and handed over to House Republicans in January 2023. Therefore Congressman Loudermilk has no choice but to re-do the work of the Select Committee," reads a statement released by the subcommittee announcing the letters to the federal agencies. 

The requests come after the committee previously recovered over 100 files which were deleted by the Democratic select committee just days before the GOP took the House majority in 2023. The files were recovered by a digital forensics team hired by Loudermilk when the subcommittee realized a terabyte of data was missing from the Jan. 6 Select Committee, Just the News previously reported. 

Loudermilk also told Just the News last year that taped interviews of key Jan. 6 witnesses were missing. The Democrat who led the Jan. 6 Select Committee, Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., replied that he did not believe he was required to preserve them. 

"By requesting these records directly from federal and DC agencies, which should still have records of what was provided to the Select Committee, Chairman Loudermilk is working to determine specifically how many documents were not properly archived, in order to conduct a full investigation and publish the full truth for the American people to make their own conclusions about what happened on January 6, 2021," the press release concludes. 

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